Community development, Social inclusion

Emancipated Women and Mothers - Our Future

The programme for women and mothers that helps them reach independence and the feeling of liberty

Creators

Who is behind this?

Viktor Borš

Naša Sobota civic association

http://nasasobota.sk/

Slovakia

Who is joining forces?

Society of friends of children from orphanages “Úsmev ako dar”

https://www.usmev.sk/

Slovakia


Idea

Idea pitch

The traditional role of women is to take care children for 3 years after birth. They are out of the labour market and do not adjust to quickly changing world. The goal of this programme is to give women a chance to integrate into the labour market, to renew and increase knowledge to make this process easier. During the programme they will acquire essential modern hard and soft skills. Their self- esteem will rise and they will realise that they are very much capable of pursuing their dreamt job.

Where will your project idea take place?

The programme will occur in a town Rimavská Sobota, Gemer region, Slovakia.

What is the local challenge?

Rimavská Sobota, vibrant and prosperous town, has over the years deteriorated into the town of one of the least developed regions with the highest rate of unemployment, depopulation (population aging, emigration of young people) missing good transport infrastructure and low civic engagement of citizens. The municipality does not provide enough opportunities for its citizens to get a worthy job. Because of this, young families face difficult situation because women on maternal and parental leave quit the work cycle and to reemploye is very arduous task for them. Missing security/certainty causes their abandon of the town or what is worse, the postponement of maternity.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

Graduates of the programme will again become self-confident and full members of the society. They will inspire and motivate each other to succeed in the male dominated society. When they secure basic needs for their children or family, they will be able to assert women rights and address it in the society and ameliorate its status on the labour market. A conscious woman, who understands the principle of active citizenship, will become more interested in what is happening around her and so she will also raise her children as well. She will be capable of creating its own projects, mobilize citizens and thus reinforce values of democracy, raising awareness of women rights and build active civic society from the bottom.

Who are you doing it for?

We will prepare a year long educational-training programme (2 courses/month) for disadvantaged and vulnerable mothers and women (15 women/course) which will aid them to break through on the labour market, also in social and civic life. It will be focused on soft and hard skills e.g, financial literacy, communication skills and languages, critical thinking, reproductive rights, project management, computer literacy, others. With our partner “Úsmev ako dar” we will help them to realise their personal value, how to find their inner strength and how to believe in themselves. Each training course will be led by the experienced lector, who will give them the know-how and learn them how to use it in practice. More attention will be devoted to hard skills mainly, those allow women work from home.

How do you plan to get there?

Firstly, the functioning detailed program will be presented in the local media with a reach on the whole region. Then, we will make a schedule of consecutive courses that will be available to women cost-free. We will ensure the selection of suitable lecturers for individual topics and courses, who will educate and support the participants on the way to better future. Further, we will collect a group of determined women from various backgrounds. At the end of the program, we will organize a conference, where they will have the possibility to present what they have learnt, their plans for the future. As a result, there will be self-confident and purposeful women who are not afraid to take on any task and assert themselves on the labour market and in society.

What are the expected results?

The results will be the emerged, strong community of women as well as mothers from various environment, including disadvantage. This community will support and help to each other on the way towards brighter future. We will nurture the self-confident, emancipated group of women, who will serve as a good example for other women in the town or region. We consider that after the graduation they will establish themselves on the labour market more easily and they will succeed in their fulfilling field. We will break down the prejudices that humanity has held since ancient ages and emphasize the strength of a woman who can ensure a better life for her family even in such a backward town and region.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

Acquiring new skills, getting on the labour market, integrating back to the society, all graduates might access democratic decision making in society far easier. As active and emancipated women, they will be more interested in community issues, raise awareness of women rights or just simple active citizens. They will be probably heard loudly in social discourse. The programme supports job mobility. The skills and knowledge participants gain are universally applicable throughout Europe. Graduates should not have problems to accommodate on the labour market in any European country and become active citizens there.

What is your story?

Being a woman, a mother and at the same time building the successful career requires a huge effort and the help of loved ones. Often the family situation does not allow that and they are forced to choose especially in the town like ours. We consider it as unfair. We think that women are an irreplaceable part of society, and what's more, they bring a new perspective on things and new solutions. With their sense of order and organization, their sense of detail, as well as their empathy for others and the radiance of positive energy, they open the door to new opportunities. We want to highlight the importance of gender equality and equal opportunities, to facilitate the path of women for security and success in various professional fields, including teleworking.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

salaries 20000 EUR
lectors 20000 EUR
marketing 2800 EUR
running costs 7200 EUR

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We would welcome any kind of advice and feedback. We think that any comment/ can make our project idea better.

Team

Viktor

Tímea

lucia.bardosova

Idea created on May 25, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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